SXI to chart new path



ST Xavier’s Institution, which is the oldest Lasallian school in Southeast Asia, is looking to chart a new course.

Its board of governors chairman Victor Tan has outlined a few of the plans for the school.


“Firstly, the school will be bringing in the students from Convent Light Street as it is set to close by the end of this year.

“Secondly, we are grateful to our Board member, Solomon, who will be leading the inclusion for more vocational training and skills in Science and Mathematics for students in our school.

The old Xaverians posing for a photo during the dinner.

“Thirdly, we want to see more of our alumni involved in our co-curricular activities.


“Lastly, we want to upgrade our sport facilities. The school prides itself as being the only location in town with various sports facilities.


“As we look at our 170 years of rich history, we seek inspiration on how to chart the path forward for the next 170 years,” he said in his speech during the Alma Mater’s Call to Industry Players dinner in conjunction with the 170th year celebrations at the Karpal Singh Hall tonight.


The school is set to hold its anniversary event on Dec 17 this year.

Chow speaking in his speech at St Xavier’s Institution tonight.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who was the guest of honour, lauded the school’s long tradition and history.


“St Xavier’s Institution may only be a school, but its history shows that without the help of the English, Dutch, German, local Malay, Chinese and Indian benefactors, it would not be what it is today.


“Some other benefactors from the 19th century are Mohd Ariff and Koh Seang Tat, together with others such as Heah Joo Seang, Chee Swee Ee, Cheah Seng Khim, Sam Ah Chow, Ooi Thiam Siew and Datuk Khor Cheang Kee.


“They had helped to rebuild St Xavier’s Institution after it was bombed at the end of World War Two.


“The school is preserved because its strength and beliefs,” he said.

The old boys are enjoying themselves during the dinner.

Chow added that the Brothers’ lifelong dedication to education must not be left in vain.


Separately, Chow pointed out the state was dedicated in serving the people to ensure a better livelihood for everyone.


“We have been consistently accelerating our economy by bringing in more investments for the state,” he added.


Among those dignitaries present were Brother Director Brother Jason Blaikie, Sabah’s Eco-Warrior and Sabah Outward Bound chairman Datuk Seri Tengku Dr Zainal Adlin Tengku Mahamood, retired Superintendent of police Datuk Paul Kiong and The Star Media Group adviser Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.

Story by Edmund Lee
Pix by Adleena Rahayu Ahmad Radzi
Video by Alissala Thian